Quotes Of Note About The Debate From The Right Side Of The Blogosphere

I took a look around the right side of the blogospere after the debate and the general consensus could best be summed up by this quote from Gateway Pundit,

“No crushing blows but a good showing by McCain.”

Most conservabloggers thought McCain won, but that the debate wasn’t a game changer. Here’s a short round-up of some of my fave Rightroots’ comments on the debate,

“Not the balls to the wall performance I’d hoped for from whassisface? but, on the other hand, not the limpwristed “let’s play along to go along” abject failure that I’d expected, he did get some good punches in. Problem was, when the Obamaliar responded to those punches with blatant lies, whassisface? failed to follow through.

Doesn’t seem to have been a total disaster, though. A poll published by Politico, who aren’t exactly known for being in whassisface?’s tank, shows that Obambi won by a statistically insignificant hair overall and lost big to whassisface? among Independents.

So put the razors down, Eeyores.” — The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler

“…McCain was never able to cast aside the Senatorial collegiality and really stick it to Obama. Why couldn’t he have used the s-word – “socialism”? Why couldn’t he have said that his opponent is a perfectly pleasant fellow but he has an all but blank resume so all we have to go on is his votes and his associations and both suggest a doctrinaire liberal well to the left of, say, Bill Clinton? Why couldn’t he have pointed out that Barack Obama would be the most left-wing president ever elected in the United States?

McCain lacked the killer instinct. A man who cheerfully crashes planes and survives years of torture appeared nervous that clobbering his opponent might dent his image as Mister Bipartisan. You look at the way he sneered at Romney in the primary debates and compare it with his tentativeness toward Obama. His reluctance to whack the Democrat wound up, by default, elevating Obama. When a veteran Republican who’s been on the national scene for a quarter-century and a Democrat whom nobody had heard of 20 minutes ago appear to be equal in stature, then by definition the Democrat wins.” — Mark Steyn at The Corner

“I thought McCain did great. He took his balls back out of the box and waved them around, while Obama seemed peeved. Of course this will be spun as McCain being a curmudgeon while Obama was “cool.” I’m going to have nightmares tonight.

Those “independent” voters in the Lunz focus group? LIARS. F***ING LIARS. There is no way a rational adult walked into this debate “totally undecided” and came away from it in the bag for Barack Obama. LIARS. These people are not operating in the same reality as normal thinking human beings. I’m too flummoxed and speechless to say anything else, after watching the post-debate analysis. Sleep. Nightmares. Socialism. Wealth redistribution. Doom. Ammo. Tacos.” — Rachel Lucas

“No, there weren’t any knockout punches.

But John McCain was still standing at the end of the night — doubts about his fortitude adequately quelled — and Barack Obama ought to be wiping the smirk he borrowed from Joe Biden off his face.

Joe Wurzelbacher the Plumber was a heaven-sent gift for the McCain campaign, and for once, McCain didn’t flub the opportunity to rub the infamous “spread the wealth around” line in Obama’s smug face.

…”Senator Government.”

…McCain ought to call him that from now until Nov. 4.

And someone from the McCain camp better have Joe’s phone number and arrange a joint appearance pronto.

Joe made Senator Government squirm.

Let’s see more. Better late than never.” — Michelle Malkin

“John McCain Wins Debate!

Barrack Obama wins election anyway!” — Sine Qua Non

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